New chip shop could be on horizon

The Greenwoods Menswear shop in Alnwick.
The Greenwoods Menswear shop in Alnwick.

A local builder is currently seeking a change-of-use application to transform a disused shop in Alnwick town centre.

Geoff Jobson is confident that his bid to transform the empty Greenwoods shop on Paikes Street into Alnwick’s second sit-in fish-and-chip shop will get the green light.

He is seeking a change from retail use to hot food.

Geoff said he wanted to renovate the shop as ‘if you look back, there used to be lots of chip shops and Alnwick was famous for it’.

Geoff has been on a mission to find out if people would be behind the idea for a new chip shop and said ‘it’s what everyone wants’.

Alnwick currently only has one town-centre chip shop, the established Carlo’s Fish and Chip Restaurant owned by Alnwick Chamber of Trade chairman Carlo Biagioni.

A second chip shop, Victoria House, in Victoria Terrace, is outside the town centre, as is Barresdale Triple Diner.

But Geoff said he’s ready for ‘a bit of competition’ as if his application is successful, he will be in direct competition with the other three.

Mr Biagioni said: “It is difficult for me to comment as I have two fish-and-chip businesses.

“But I don’t know if it will get permission because it depends if there are no complaints as there are flats above the shop.

“At the moment, I don’t know if he will get the permission.”

But Carlo did express a fond ‘good luck’ to the applicant.

Geoff said his business will bring more jobs to the town as he plans to add upstairs dining.

“I’ve had a lot of support, everyone wants it. We didn’t want the shop to become another charity shop.”